Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

(703) 323-0880

Contacts for Jewish Life and Learning

Community Engagement

Community Engagement Director
Laurie Albert

Community Engagement Coordinator
Samantha Brown

Jennifer DeAngelis


JCCNV Community Shlicha
Dana Kalishov

Upcoming Events

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By developing programming that is both within and beyond the walls of the JCCNV, the Community Engagement Department strives to inspire Jewish journeys and serve as a catalyst for families in Northern Virginia to seek out deeper participation in Jewish life. Extensive outreach efforts support programs that are designed to emphasize Jewish culture, identity and values to people of all ages and backgrounds. Often, these programs are in partnership with area synagogues and Jewish agencies, including The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

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Programs and Events

 For more information on any of the programs mentioned below, please contact Laurie Albert, Community Engagement Director, at, 703.537.3064.

Discounted Program and Class Rates. Throughout Centertainment, you’ll notice that the JCCNV offers member discounts on classes and programs. In order for membership rates to apply, membership must remain current throughout the duration of the class/program.

Good Deeds Day

Sunday, March 15, 1pm–4pm
Location: Gesher Jewish Day School, 4800 Mattie Moore Court, Fairfax, VA
The Jewish Community of Greater Washington will join Israel and countries from around the globe for a day of community service. Established in Israel in 2007, Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community in which we live. Last year, in our community alone, we had more than 5,000 volunteers who took part in this initiative. This day will offer our entire community a variety of hands-on volunteer projects where you can roll up your sleeves and make an impact. There will be projects for even the youngest members of our community! 

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia is proud to partner with Gesher Jewish Day School and several local synagogues to provide a variety of volunteer opportunities for all ages at Gesher Jewish Day School. To register as a volunteer, please visit If you are interested in being involved with the event, contact

Simcha Expo 2015

Sunday, March 22, noon–4pm
Location: JCCNV
Free admission and Free parking

Contact:, 703.537.3064
If you are planning a bar/bat mitzvah, wedding, baby naming, bris or any other kind of celebration, plan to attend this one-stop shopping expo! From invitations, DJs, party favors and caterers to photographers, venues and decorations… we’ll have it all! 

To download the flier, click here.

Are You a Vendor? If you would like to participate in this exciting expo, click here to download the registration form and return it to Register early and SAVE! The deadline for participation is February 27, 2015. 

Brought to you in partnership by the JCC of Northern Virginia, Gesher Jewish Day School, and The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

The 2015 Northern Virginia Holocaust Commemoration
Reflects Upon: “The Psychology of Scapegoating”

Sunday, April 19, 5pm–8:30pm, JCCNV
We will consider the intricacies of human nature and social interaction that allow for unspeakable atrocities to be committed by some individuals or groups against others. With hope, we will look at strategies that have succeeded in mobilizing the silent bystander and raising up societies to take a forceful stand against injustice and inhumanity.

Hundreds of elected officials, dignitaries, interfaith leaders, Holocaust survivors, youth, and community members will participate in this annual observance held at the J. The program includes youth and professional art displays, B’nai B’rith’s “Unto Every Person There is a Name” reading of names of those who perished in the Holocaust, a youth workshop and an adult seminar exploring our theme, “The Psychology of Scapegoating.” The evening culminates in a community commemoration with readings, poetry, a community interfaith choir, recitation of the Holocaust Kaddish and the intergenerational candle lighting and pledges of the children and grandchildren.

This program is co-hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington, the JCCNV, and Congregation Beth Emeth of Herndon. Each year more than two dozen synagogues, houses of worship and non-profits join us as co-sponsors and supporters. Details and registration at

Israel@67: Israel Fest

Sunday, May 31, noon–5pm
Location: Shirlington (Arlington, VA)
Contact:, 703.537.3064
The J invites the community to celebrate Israel@67. Engaging events and interactive activities will run throughout the day. Join us to celebrate Israel and to strengthen our connections to the Washington area Jewish community.

Highlights include:

Hands-on activities
Food for purchase
Israeli dancing
Israel-style shuk (market)

…and more!

Free Admission and Free Parking!

This program is in partnership with The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and in collaboration with area synagogues and Jewish agencies.


Divas and Diners

Ladies Night

Contact:, 703.537.3045 for event dates and locations

Schmooze and laugh over dinner, dessert and/or drinks — at locations near your neighborhood — with women of all ages and stages! Need a break from your regular routine? Looking for ways to connect with other women? Come out for this monthly gathering — bring a friend, and meet new ones too! Click here for programs.


Mitzvah Program (ongoing)

Committee Chair: Gail Gurin

The JCCNV Mitzvah Program provides support to those who are in need in our community. Please join fellow members, friends, and staff, as we volunteer on a number of social action projects, including making casseroles for the homeless each month, packing food boxes at an emergency food warehouse, visiting Jewish residents in retirement homes, collecting shoes for our shoebox recycling program, donating food for Thanksgiving baskets, and volunteering during our hypothermia prevention program. If you would like more details about our social action programs, please contact, 703.537.3060.